Cluaran Historical Interpretation Project

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School Visits

We will visit schools, usually for a full day, and recreate stories from the lives of the people who have made the Scotland we live in.

Visits come in Small (Faering), Medium (Knarr) and Large (Drakkar) and can be provided for the Iron Age/Celt, Roman, Viking, and Medieval eras.

Cluaran is working towards ways to subsidise these visits to make them more affordable for smaller and rural schools. We want to be able to find a balance between making what we offer available to small and rural schools, as well as larger central belt schools – maintaining the standards of visits, involving volunteers and paying a reasonable amount to professional historical interpreters. We are also developing a network across Scotland covering a broad range of time periods

Even if you are unable to afford the full amount, please get in touch. If we are unable to source funding to make it possible this time, we can use the information to hopefully make it possible in the future.

Museum Interpretation

We can tailor make a historical presentation to help the public involve themselves in your exhibition. With a mixture of acting and craft workshops we can accurately portray characters based on your artifacts, or help people get hands on and experience the processes involved in the making or use of the items in your collection.

Community Projects

We can work with your community, teaching craft skills, helping them research, feasting ...

Contemporary Arts

Although we often portray the past, we don't live in it! We can draw on our heritage skills and knowledge to use modern technology to help people cross boundaries and explore their connections. For example, working with the "Our Norwegian Story" project we set up in the high street to use willow and tissue paper to give the public the opportunity to make mini curraghs. In the evening we used laptops and digital projectors to transform the wall of a cafe into a two way window looking in to the Karmoy Viking club. The distance vanished and once again Norwegians and Doonhamers were able to enjoy each others company for an evening of entertainment.

Iron Age/ Roman

Before Scotland was Scotland. We explore the roots of the people who have contributed to the country Scotland is today.


Nestled Between Hills and the Solway, Dumfries and Galloway shares a lot in Common with Norway and other Scandinavian countries. We find out how the sea links those that travel by boat.


From St Nininian to the present day, there has been a monastic presence in these Islands. We use this as a mirror within which people can sense spirituality and find time to reflect.


Whether it is the building of castles and the wars of independence, or the transformation of the kingdom of the isles into Gallowglass warriors you are interested in - we can bring the stories to life!